Nutrition Counselling for Pets

Helping you choose the best foods for your pet's dietary needs.

Nutrition is one of the ways we can keep our beloved pets healthier and happier for longer. With so much information available to us (both accurate and inaccurate), making the right nutritional choices for your pet can be overwhelming. However, we'll support you in making proper nutrition choices for your pet, which are linked to growth, development, organ health, and mobility.

How do I choose the right food for my pet?

Not all foods are created equal. We can guide you in choosing foods made by reputable companies, as well as those that have been quality tested and approved with research to back up their claims. Diets with an Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) statement have demonstrated that the food is complete and balanced. Even better, a diet with an AAFCO statement indicates it has undergone feeding trials. Nutrition counselling is not only about choosing the right food but finding ways to meet all of your pet's nutritional needs. Based on their age, breed, and overall health, we'll make recommendations to support your pet.

Can my puppy/kitten eat the same foods as my older pets?

Your pet's diet should be tailored specifically to their developmental stage. For example, puppies and kittens change a lot on a weekly basis as you watch them grow in front of your eyes. As you can imagine, growing requires a lot of energy. This means they'll need a higher calorie content than older pets. They also require specially formulated levels of minerals, such as calcium and phosphorus, to provide the important building blocks for their bones, joints, and growth.

Is nutrition counseling only necessary for new pets?

All pets can benefit from nutrition counselling. By identifying gaps in their diet, they can have more well-rounded nutrition. Not only does food nourish your pet, but it can also be used to help manage different conditions. If your pet has health conditions like tartar on their teeth and/or bad breath, chronic urinary issues, stress, or obesity, there is food that can help ease their symptoms. Veterinary-specific diets prescribed by our team can serve as more than just food/nutrition. Since every pet is unique, the best way to decide is by talking about your pet's specific needs. We love talking about nutrition and your pet, so please contact us to book your nutrition consult at (416) 231-9293.

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